Funding

Congressional appropriators are expected to vote as early as Wednesday on a new continuing resolution that would maintain federal funding at FY 2010 levels through December 17, CQ.com reports. The current continuing resolution, which also funds the government at FY10 levels, expires on December 3.

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Though there was a “relative lack of attention” to foreign policy during this year’s campaign, Tuesday’s elections will still certainly have an impact on U.S. international engagement, notably with regard to the FY 2012 budget, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) says in its excellent analysis of the election outcomes.

The Senate has taken the lead in putting a fiscal 2011 continuing resolution (CR) in motion, CQ.com reported today. Congress will not finish its appropriations bills before the start of FY 2011 and will thus need a CR to fund most of the federal government after October 1:

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As previously reported by the Alliance , the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs approved legislation last week that would boost Department of State educational and cultural exchange program funding in FY 2011 by more than $19 million.

Senate appropriators have approved legislation that would boost Department of State exchange program funding in FY 2011 by more than $19 million, amidst a significant overall increase in funding for the Department.

The Senate Appropriations Committee cut $2.6 billion from the FY 2011 International Affairs Budget yesterday, lowering the total available for the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs bill to $54.056 billion, down from the President’s requested level of $56.656 billion. Appropriations Committee chair Daniel Inouye (D-HI) said that the cuts came as a result of the “severe economic difficulties facing our nation”

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The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs marked up its FY 2011 appropriations bill yesterday afternoon, providing $635 million for Department of State educational and cultural exchanges. This funding level constitutes a $1.8 million increase from the President’s FY 2011 request of $633.2 million and matches the FY 2010 enacted level of $635 million.

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After much budgetary uncertainty on Capitol Hill, action is finally expected this week on the FY 2011 budget. The House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee will mark up its FY 2011 spending bill on Wednesday, June 30, at 4:00 p.m. The Senate State-Foreign Ops subcommittee is expected to act on its own spending bill just after the July 4th recess.

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The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) reports that “after several weeks of budgetary limbo on Capitol Hill, action is expected” this week on the FY 2011 budget. The impending budget developments include:

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Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, spoke yesterday at the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) about the importance of ensuring sustained funding for the Foreign Service and other “civilian elements” of the U.S. national security strategy.

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